Lago, who will be based in Manhattan and have complete oversightof economic development issues throughout New York State, will workwith ESD chairman Robert Wilmers--who is based in Buffalo--toidentify a new downstate president of ESD. Both Lago's and Mullen'sfirst day at the job will be Sept. 15, 2008.


As the Global Head of Compliance for Citi Markets & Banking,Lago oversaw all compliance matters for Citi's capital markets,investment and corporate banking, and transaction servicesbusinesses, which operate in more than 90 countries around theworld. Prior to joining Citi Markets & Banking, Lago worked atthe US Securities and Exchange Commission as director of the Officeof International Affairs. Lago professional career has alsoincluded serving as chief economic development officer of the Cityof Boston and director of the Boston Redevelopment Authority, aswell as General Counsel of the New York City Economic DevelopmentCorp.


As the Upstate President of ESD, Mullen will be based inRochester and oversee all Upstate ESD offices and projects. Mullenis currently serving as president and CEO of Greater RochesterEnterprise. Under Mullen's leadership, according to a preparedstatement, GRE has focused on marketing Rochester's coreassets--alternative energy, biotechnology, food and beveragemanufacturing and optics--in an effort to attract new business tothe area.


Prior to Mullen's role in economic development, he worked formore than 28 years in the food industry in a number positions, mostrecently serving for a decade as the chairman, president and CEO ofBirds Eye Foods. According to a prepared statement, he spearheadedan aggressive acquisition strategy which doubled the size of thecompany. Mullen also served as president and CEO of three otherfood enterprises including Globe Products Cos., Nalley's FineFoods, and Comstock Foods.

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